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Will formatting my SD card delete my photos ?

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August 16, 2009 7:46:37 PM

i have many photos on my SD cards for my camera. recently i was at a wedding and when i went to turn on my camera to take a photo it asked me to format my card ... if i do this will i lose all my photos on m card ? why did it randomly ask me to do this when it worked fine for the beginning of the wedding?

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August 19, 2009 2:53:14 PM

Yes it will, the camera treats a mem card just like a hard drive in a computer formatting will wipe any info on the card. I don't know which camera you use but the buttons you have to push in a camera to format the card are a multi step thing you shouldn't be able to do it by accident. If it happens randomly I would take the camera in to get it looked at.
September 9, 2009 2:07:10 AM

I dont have a scientific response to give you but that sometimes happens rather randomly... its like sometimes when you put a pen drive in your computer and it asks to format it just because lol... i think it might have to do with the operating system doing something it shouldnt when taking the drive out the last time you used it or a hardware bug, but usually when it happens i just end up formating it since it doesnt have anything important most of the times. Though i never heard of that happening to memory cards i supose its about the same, if you dont have important pictures in it just format it (Remember that everything goes Caput) but if you, do you should try to use some low level recovery system to try to get anything out of it before you format it...
PS: i think the problem here is a bit of information that the memorycards have thats kinda only there for the machines to read about what it has on it, and it might have gotten corrupted since you used it last... with a bit of luck if you put the card on another camera or a card reader maibe it can salvage some of this information and do a kind of recovery and repair that information without the need for a format =)
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September 24, 2009 5:08:16 AM

Well it happens, Digicams treat SDs as their hard drives and at times the cameras ask you to format the disk due to corruption issues. However, i will suggest u to connect the SD with your system and scan it for virus. save your pics at a safe location and then format your SD to check if it gets formatted coz many a times, due to corruption, even after formatting the SD, it do not gets formatted.
In case you lose some data you can definitely use third party software to replenish the data. U C even i came across this problem and i used Kernel for Digital Media. It really helped me in getting back my data.
September 25, 2009 1:09:47 AM

Also, it is a good idea to keep several cards with you, perhaps in a memory card wallet so that when you run into this in the field you can swap and figure it out later. Also, you should always xfer your images when you get home and never keep them on your mem card. I have learned that lesson the hard way too many times :) 
October 19, 2010 2:17:19 AM

That may result from the card problem, your camera SD memory card may be corrupted. this kind of problem happens sometimes to devices like USB flash or memory card. Windows says you have to format it and sometimes it won't let you format. This kind of problem is called "format error". Possible reasons may be your flash or card is corrupt or damaged and the OS won't recognized it properly and indicates you to format it. The solution is Do not format it right away as format will make the data inside much harder to be recovered. The best way is to rely on a format recovery software or more specificly photo recovery programs. Recommend you have a try of Wondershare Photo Recovery. It can recover photos, videos and music from SD memory card at great ease. If you have using Mac OS X, turn to Photo Recovery for Mac. Note: no matter what programs you will use, before your inaccessible items are recovered, do not save more files to the card.
October 25, 2010 11:18:45 PM

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